BMW took their time during the North American International Auto Show on Monday to announce the U.S. arrival of the 2013 BMW 320i Sedan for late Spring.
Priced from $33,445, the rear-wheel drive 320i is powered by the traditional BMW inline-6 or the new 2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine. Additionally, an all-wheel drive model called the 320i xDrive, will be available and priced starting from $35,445. The exterior’s new style may not be a huge leap into the imagination, but still it retains elegance and admittedly looks bolder than previous 3-Series sedans.
BMW’s new 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo is rated at 180 hp at 5,000 rpm, with a 0-60 mph speed estimate of 7.1 seconds on either an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. For a non-autobahn US market, top speed is electronically-limited to 130 mph (scheiße!).
Standard equipment includes Bluetooth smartphone integration, auto Start-Stop function and 17-inch light alloy wheels.
A Sport package for both 320i models include 18-inch light-alloy wheels with an increased top speed limiter, sport seats, M sport suspension, an M steering wheel and an anthracite headliner with plentiful options for the interior trim. All-season tires (with the standard 130 mph top speed limiter) are optional on the Sport package. Other equipment packages include a Cold Weather Package, Premium Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Lighting Package.
The ConnectedDrive telematics system is available featuring BMW Apps, controlling the heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, rear-view camera, xenon adaptive headlights, moonroof, split-folding rear seat, and BMW’s Assist and Navigation software.
BMW Assist offers one particularly intuitive feature called Automatic Collision Notification, which kicks in should an accident occur and provides emergency services with the vehicle location and details of the collision automatically.
BMW EfficientDynamics technology employs Brake Energy Regeneration, and on-demand operation of the ancillary components (ex. on-demand air conditioning compressor). A Dynamics Control switch allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Sport, and ECO PRO operation modes.
BMW’s 8-speed automatic gearbox allows the 320i an increased fuel economy versus the traditional 6-speed manual (manual transmission is optional on non-xDrive models).
Fuel economy is predicted at 22 city, 34 highway on the 6-speed manual and 23 city, 33 highway on the 8-speed automatic transmission. The xDrive model is expected to return 22 City / 33 Highway.
Handling and performance improvements implement the integration of an extra-lightweight chassis, friction-reduced wheel bearings and ball joints, aerodynamic modifications at the rear axle, reduced rolling-resistance tires, a balanced weight distribution and torsionally stiff body with aluminum torque struts, wishbones and swivel bearings.